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UPDATE: Body of child found in mine pit in Virginia

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Updated: April 29, 2021 02:57 PM
Created: April 28, 2021 04:51 PM

Authorities on the Iron Range are responding to a report of a person falling into a mine pit. | Emily Ness/WDIO Authorities on the Iron Range are responding to a report of a person falling into a mine pit. | Emily Ness/WDIO

Authorities on the Iron Range say a 5-year-old boy has died after falling falling into a mine pit.

The incident was reported at 4:09 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. The Virginia Police Department responded to the report of someone falling over the side of the mine pit, located near 3rd Street North and 1st Avenue North.

Law enforcement were able to locate the child's body. The boy fell approximately 70 feet.

Authorities on the Iron Range are responding to a report of a person falling into a mine pit. | WDIO Authorities on the Iron Range are responding to a report of a person falling into a mine pit. | WDIO

The incident is under investigation, but authorities do believe it was an accident. The Virginia Fire Department Rescue Team and the St. Louis County Sherrif's Department assisted in the efforts today.

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